No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries.
I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some.
Black men have made it no secret their liking to white women.
Regina King recently raised the argument that we as black women still have not become completely comfortable dating outside our race.
During the 1970s, an increased demand for copper and cobalt attracted Japanese investments in the mineral-rich southeastern region of Katanga Province.
Over a 10-year period, more than 1,000 Japanese miners relocated to the region, confined to a strictly male-only camp.
But it's subtle, and of course, few would admit to surfing online dating sites for Chinese women, yet when the only girls they date are Chinese, then the probabilities are in their favour.
Having said that, I'm surprised at what British men, both young and old, generally get away with when talking about East Asian women (Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.) as well as South East Asian women (Vietnam, Thailand etc.) I've heard my Caucasian friends recommend to their male, single mates that they should date “nice Chinese girls”, with the added bonus that Chinese women are far more sexually open-minded than Caucasian girls.
As a result, a number of Japanese miners fathered children with native Congolese women.
However, most of the mixed race infants resulting from these unions died, soon after birth.
I recently did a survey on a group of black women regarding their reasons for not dating men who are not of color.